HOOKSETT, NH -- Jake Pasquini, a defenseman for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to SUNY Canton for the fall of 2020. The '99 native of Albany, NY is in his first season with the Avalanche, and to date, he's tallied 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) through 17 games.
"Jake started a little slow out of the gates, as it took him some time to adjust to the EHL level," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "Now, he is in my opinion, one of the best all-around defenseman in the league. He is very smart with his decisions, moves the puck well, and is as solid as they come defensively. Being able to play one more year for us will only make him bigger and stronger as he prepares for Division III college hockey with SUNY Canton. I am very excited for him and think this is a great opportunity for Jake and his family. I wish Jake nothing but the best, as he is going to be a very good college hockey player."
As Cerrella mentioned, with this weight off of Pasquini's shoulders, the skilled defenseman can now just focus on his development through the end of next season. Pasquini is putting in the work both on and off the ice in New Hampshire, and this will be the key if he wants to succeed at the next level.
"I am very thrilled to be joining SUNY Canton in the fall of 2020," said Pasquini. "SUNY Canton felt like a great fit for me in the classroom and on the ice. I want to thank Coach Cerrella for believing in me and helping me reach my goal of playing college hockey. I want to especially thank my family for all of their help and support over the years. I want to thank all my teammates for their continued support over the years. I am very excited to be joining SUNY Canton in the future."
Pasquini wasn't on last year's championship team in New Hampshire, but he has played a key role in this year's 18-3-0 start. While the Avalanche unfortunately saw their winning streak snapped at 16 games yesterday afternoon, they will look to begin a new one today, when they host the Connecticut RoughRiders at 4:20pm.
Learn more about the New Hampshire Avalanche on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.